Teastick Gems | Eastman Innovation Lab
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Teastick Gems

Translucent and colorful with Eastman Tritan™ copolyester

Overview

WHO

Gamila Products of Raleigh, North Carolina

WHAT

Gamila Products has developed a new method for brewing loose-leaf tea. The Teastick Gems is an all-in-one design and includes a scoop, measuring device and infuser in a sleek.

NEEDS

Looking to improve on its original stainless steel Teastick Gem, Gamila needed a material that was BPA-free and FDA approved, heat-resistant and safe for use in the dishwasher, and translucent. The original Teastick featured an elongated shape with tiny holes, providing excellent infusion and room for large tea leaves to unfurl without escaping. “When we looked at making a Teastick for smaller leafed herbals,” Aly Khalifa, president of Gamila Products explained, “our intent was to offer the same convenience as in our stainless steel Teastick, but to refresh the design using the best quality materials suited for the job.”

MATERIAL

Eastman Tritan™ copolyester was chosen as the material for Gamila’s improved Teastick Gem. “We’re proud to be one of the first companies to recognize the potential of Tritan™,” noted Khalifa. “Teastick Gems are produced by injection molding Tritan™ over extra fine stainless steel mesh, encapsulating the mesh without the use of any adhesives,” Khalifa explained. “This is done with crystal clear Tritan™ that works so consistently that we decided to expose the edges of where stainless steel meets polymer, allowing our customers to contemplate a design as fine as their tea.”

SUCCESS

Tea has become one the world’s most widely consumed beverages, second only to water, and Gamila’s launch of Teastick Gems is timely, intersecting a current trend of increasing tea consumption in the U.S. The product’s intriguing design is intended to please tea connoisseurs, as well as entice young consumers new to the world of loose-leaf tea.